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I feel compelled to write about this huge pet peeve of mine because I see this happening all the time. I see press releases, signs, blogs and Christmas cards with these mistakes. People think that when they add an s to a word, they have to pop in an apostrophe every time. Not so!
The Perry’s live here
Local Author’s come together for benefit
Cd’s and DVD’s for sale
It happened in the 1970’s
The Perrys live here
Local Authors come together for benefit
CDs and DVDs for sale
It happened in the 1970s
Apostrophes are possessive. For example you could say, “This is the Perrys’ house.”
Now, there is some confusion about contractions and possessives when using apostrophes. I think people may switch up it’s and its because of this.
“Its” is possessive. “It’s” means it is.
Its time for lunch.
The door lost it’s hinges.
It’s time for lunch (yippee).
The door lost its hinges.
I realize I’m not perfect. There have been mistakes in many of my scripts, either because someone else transcribes it incorrectly, or I just type too fast and push send before proofreading. But I’m working on it, and I would appreciate it if Americans would try to get a grasp on English as well.